Robert Rokos Jr. | Obituary

September 24, 1951 – –
January 25, 2021

Robert C. Rokos Jr.Bob Rokos died on January 25, 2021 in Gaborone, Botswana.
Bob was born on September 24, 1951 in Traverse City, Michigan, to Bob and Nan Rokos.
He attended Traverse City High School before graduating from Western Michigan University and George Mason University.
In the 1970s, Bob went to Africa with the Peace Corps and fell in love with Botswana, a country where he would eventually become a citizen and spend the rest of his life.
After leaving the Peace Corps, he started a Safari Business, Guides & Outfitters Botswana. For over 40 years he guided hunters and photographers through Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania – many of them famous writers and celebrities. He has spoken at numerous safari congresses and was a well-known writer for many sports magazines.
In 2000 he became a registered advisor to the World Bank on Capacity Building and Livelihood Development, a position that had taken him on several tours to Afghanistan where he helped develop commercial schools for Afghan students.
He has also been an active board member of two NGOs, one working for the disabled in Botswana and the other for empowering youth.
Bob is survived by his sons David and Eli; Grandchildren, Jada, Isaiah and Zamya; Sisters Kim (Michael) Abbott and Nancy Rokos; Niece, Lindsey Schollard; and nephew Justin Schollard; Brother Dave Rokos and his fiancee Marcy Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bob will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, loyalty to friends and family, and passion for adventure. He really lived an extraordinary life that most could only dream of. He will be missed very much.
Those planning an expression of compassion may consider making a memorial donation to the Cherryland Human Society on Bob’s behalf.
A private family service is held to celebrate his life.

Published on February 28, 2021

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